Step Right Up Don't Be Shy

RidingTheBigWheel, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

It’s almost holiday season here in the US, and since many of us will be away, dragging along our cameras, I thought that I would start something new. In a new series for the blog, I’m going to post some simple photo tips, easy stuff designed to be quick and simple, but get us all thinking about our photography a bit more.

My first tip?

Get closer to your subject-most people shoot from a bit too far away and would benefit from taking a step or two closer, to “get in there” and really get a good view of their subject.

I hope you have a great holiday season, even if you decide to stay at home this year.

Until next time…


  1. mythopolis
    July 2, 2009 / 1:09 pm

    Happy holidays!

  2. Carol
    July 4, 2009 / 1:07 am

    Happy Holidays to you too, Mythos!

  3. Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers
    July 6, 2009 / 7:46 am

    Hope you had a good 4th July weekend Carol. I love this and the other 'funfair' image you posted a few days ago. What strikes me is the clarity of most of the image, alongside the motion blur of the rest, and it looks fab. How did you achieve that? I'm guessing a tripod was involved, but what sort of camera settings?
    PS. I deleted the David Hockeney post because the link expired but he is using digital camera and phone cam now.

  4. Carol
    July 6, 2009 / 12:48 pm

    Thanks, Postcards!

    No tripods at the fair (with my luck, I would have gotten stuck in the Tilt-A-Whirl) though I do tend to use things as tripods (benches, posts, railings, etc.) I also use image stabilization, which allows me to shoot very long exposures without going soft.

    All of my shots are 100 ISO and I shot the carnival stuff as stopped down as I could, all manual focus, which gives it that sharp clarity plus the motion blur.

    (Love David Hockeney, he's tops.)

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